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Community Corner: Notable February Events

February Community Corner

Language Learning

Feb. 2: Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th Street, Camp Hill, will offer a language immersion conversation group from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spanish, German and French sessions are available throughout the day. Visit for more details.

Blood Pressure Screenings

Feb. 2: Stop by the food court pavilion at Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., for free blood pressure screenings offered by PinnacleHealth. Visit

Love Your Heart

Feb. 2: PinnacleHealth will host “7 Ways to Love Your Heart” at Giant Food Store, 2300 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, 7 p.m. Join this community education event for tips and tricks you can incorporate to make a new, heart-healthy beginning. Visit for more information.

First Friday

Feb. 3: Enjoy First Friday in Hummelstown, 6 to 9 p.m., with shopping, dining, raffle prizes, music and dancing. First Fridays are free, but organizers encourage attendees to bring donations for Morning Star Pregnancy Services. For more details, call 717-991-5105 or email

Orchid Show

Feb. 3-5: Visit Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Rd., Hershey, for the Susquehanna Orchid Society’s “For the Love of Orchids” show and sale in the newly opened Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory. More than 1,000 orchids will be on display, including one that smells like chocolate. Visit

Vacation Show

Feb. 4: Join AAA Central Penn at the Best Western Premier in Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the AAA Vacation Show featuring travel presentations and information from vendors. Book packages at the show to receive special savings. Visit

Winter HBG Flea

Feb. 4: Shop the HBG Flea for local art, vintage treasures and curated curios at Strawberry Square, 320 Market St., Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit for more information.

PPFF Photo Display

Feb. 4-25: Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation will display winning photographs from its 2016 “Through the Seasons” photo contest in the state Capitol, East Wing Rotunda, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit

Mindfulness Hike

Feb. 5: Go for a guided, 3.1-mile walk around Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, with yoga instructor Traci Wolfe, 10 to 11:30 a.m. The pace will be brisk enough to keep the body warm, with stops to observe nature and a silent walking session to wrap up. For more details, visit

Have a Heart

Feb 6: Caitlin’s Smiles’ “Have a Heart Volunteer Day and Craft Fair” will be held at New Hope Church, 584 Colonial Club Dr., Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will make craft kits and cards for children with chronic or life-threatening conditions. The event includes a craft fair, soup/baked goods sale and a blood drive. Visit

Healthy Cooking

Feb. 6: “Family-Friendly Cooking with a Cardiologist” will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Giant Food Store Cooking School, 3301 Trindle Rd., Camp Hill, with PinnacleHealth cardiologists Michael Bosak and Sunil Patel. Cost is $20 per couple. Visit

FOM Winter Social

Feb. 6: Friends of Midtown will host its Winter Social and Annual Meeting at Zeroday Brewing Co., 250 Reily St., Harrisburg, 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy appetizers, a cash bar and raffle auctions of Midtown goods and services and learn about FOM’s 2016 successes and 2017 goals. Cost is $5; free for FOM members. Visit

Decisions 2016

Feb. 6, 20: The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg will host “Great Decisions,” a program on world affairs organized by the Foreign Policy Association. Sessions are held every other Monday at 1 p.m. at Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, through May 15. Cost is $10 per session; $40 for all eight. Visit

Crazy for Coloring

Feb. 6-26: Dauphin County Library System will host “Crazy for Coloring,” two-hour social, adult coloring sessions at Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library, Feb. 6, 6 to 8 p.m.; William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library, Feb. 22, 6 to 8 p.m.; and East Shore Area Library, Feb. 26, 2 to 4 p.m.; Visit for details.

Indie Film Friday

Feb. 10: Join Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, for “Dum Laga Ke Haisha,” a Hindi romantic comedy. Prem Prakash Tiwari dreams of marrying a beautiful girl with movie star looks, but is pressured into an arranged marriage. Showings are at 2 and 7 p.m. Visit

Ice Art Fest

Feb. 10-12: Spend a weekend amid snowflake lights and ice sculptures for Carlisle’s first Ice Art Festival and enjoy an indoor art show, carriage rides, glass blowing demonstrations, chili cook-off, dessert bake-off and other activities. The event also features food trucks and extended merchant hours. Visit for details.

Truffles for Couples

Feb. 10-14: Hershey Story’s Chocolate Lab, 63 W. Chocolate Ave., will offer an evening of truffle making for Valentine’s Day, 6 to 8 p.m. Participants will hand roll and coat rich, dark chocolate ganache in milk and white chocolate, finishing with sweet toppings. Tickets are $20 per person. Visit

Local Lunch
Feb. 11: Join Friends of Midtown at their monthly community lunch, which will be held at Midtown Tavern, 1101 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg, 12 to 2 p.m. Contact or visit

Meditation Talk

Feb. 11: Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center, Harrisburg, will host “Meditation and the Art of Happiness,” 1 to 2 p.m., at Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. Learn basic meditation techniques and receive guidance for healthy and positive thinking. Visit

Community Free Day

Feb. 13: Join the National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, on its free admission day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in honor of Black History Month. For more information, visit

Annual Meeting

Feb. 13: Harrisburg Young Professionals will host its Annual Meeting at Gamut Theatre, 15. N. 4th St., 6 to 9 p.m. HYP leaders will share a recap of 2016 and goals for 2017. The meeting will be followed by a reception of drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Visit

Train Talk

Feb. 14: National Railway Historical Society Harrisburg Chapter will host “Trains That I Like and Liked,” an illustrated talk with Gary Sunday at Hoss’s Restaurant, 743 Wertzville Rd., Enola. Business meeting and speaker begin at 7 p.m., with a meal available as early as 5 p.m. Call 717-439-9744 or email

3rd in The Burg

Feb. 17: Enjoy the best of Harrisburg during 3rd in the Burg, the monthly arts and culture event at galleries, restaurants and art spaces throughout downtown and Midtown. Check out all the action at

Sports Cards Show

Feb. 17-19: Pittsburgh Steelers Jesse James and Stephon Tuitt will sign autographs at the Sports Cards Show on Feb. 18 at the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St. Former Philadelphia Eagle Vince Papale will sign on Feb. 19. Sports cards and collectibles will be available. Visit

Valentine Paint Party

Feb. 14: Create a set of painted wine glasses with “Paint & Create” at Midstate Distillery, 1817 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, 7 to 9 p.m. The bar opens at 6:30 p.m. and drinks will be buy one, get one free. This event is BYOF (bring your own food). Tickets are $30. Visit

Viking Economics

Feb. 18: Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd St., will host a discussion with author George Lakey on his new book, “Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right—and How We Can, Too,” at 3 p.m. Visit for more information.

Grand Opening Benefit

Feb. 18: To celebrate its grand opening, Ike’s at Holiday Inn Harrisburg East, 815 S. Eisenhower Blvd., will host a menu tasting and auction event to benefit the ALS Association, 5 p.m. Enjoy live music, beverages and a late-night menu. This event is free with a donation. Visit holidayinn/harrisburg.

The Last Waltz

Feb 18: Susan Giblin Foundation hosts its silent auction fundraiser to benefit Central PA’s animal community at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, 1110 N. 3rd St. Some of central PA’s best musicians will perform The Band’s “The Last Waltz.” The event begins at 8 p.m., and doors open at 7 p.m. Visit

Cabin Fever Walk

Feb. 19: Bundle up and head to Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, for a three-mile walk on Wildwood Way and the Towpath Trail to defeat winter cabin fever, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Along the way, learn how to prepare for a day on the trail. Visit for details.

Legislators Forum II

Feb. 23: Join Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, in cooperation with the West Shore and Perry County chambers of commerce, for the 2017 Legislators Forum II, featuring area members of the state Senate, at Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. 2nd St., 8 to 10 a.m. Cost is $65; $40 for members. Visit

Cuba Talk

Feb. 23: Senior fellow and Latin America expert Ted Piccone will speak on “Cuba Today and after the Castro Brothers,” in a presentation at 7:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, Camp Hill. There will be a reception and dinner prior to the talk. For more information, visit

Music Conference

Feb. 23-25: The 21st annual Millennium Music Conference will showcase more than 300 artists at 30 Harrisburg-area venues, with additional programs like a trade show, industry panels and workshops at Best Western Premier, 800 E. Park Dr., Harrisburg. Admission to shows is free. Visit

Oscar Nominated Shorts

Feb. 24-25: Join Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, to view this year’s Oscar-nominated short films before the awards are given. The five nominees from these categories will be shown: documentary short films, live action short films and animated short films. Not recommended for ages 17 and under without parental permission. Visit

Winter Star Party

Feb. 25: Join the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg at the Ned Smith Center, 176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, for “Cruisin the Cosmos” Winter Star Party, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Pack snacks and a telescope if you own one. Star Party leaders will have telescopes on hand until 10:30 p.m. Visit

Wedding Show

Feb. 26: The AACA Museum, 161 Museum Dr., Hershey, will hold its annual wedding show, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Browse an assortment of wedding vendors to get ideas. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, visit

Oscar Party

Feb. 26: Slip into your tux or gown and stroll over to Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg, for its annual Oscar-watching party. The red carpet fun begins at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for the event are $35 and include drinks and a buffet of appetizers. Visit

African-American Landmarks

Feb. 27: Historic Harrisburg Association will host “Harrisburg’s Landmarks of African-American History” with historian and author Calobe Jackson at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Visit for details.

Networking Mixer

Feb. 28: Join the West Shore Chamber of Commerce and mingle with local business professionals, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Mission Central, 5 Pleasant View Dr., Mechanicsburg. The event is free and open to Chamber members. Guests may attend up to three free chamber events per year. Visit

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